Of the. GOP gubernatorial nominee Dan Cox (R-Frederick) joined the chorus of Republicans who condemned the FBI’s execution of a search warrant on Monday in Mar-a-Lago, the former president Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida home.
The reaction from the man Cox hopes to replace, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, was more nuanced.
In a series of Facebook posts late Monday and Tuesday, Cox said “this FBI raid on Trump’s home is nothing short of communist Stasi police state tactics.”
And, he swore, “As Governor, I will use the 9th and 10th Amendments, the Maryland Constitution and Bill of Rights, the MSP and the Maryland Guard to oppose all rogue actions by this administration. Biden’s uncontrollable tyranny with fierce tenacity. Our children, our families and loved ones and the freedom we cherish and which is our birthright as Americans demand that we stand up against these criminal acts of the current administration.
Later, in a separate post, Cox urged fellow Republicans to speak out against the federal government.
“As the newly named slate leader of the Maryland Republican Party, I call on every Republican in Maryland to make public statements tonight condemning the raid on President Trump’s home,” he wrote. “Now is not the time to be silent.”
Republicans across the country have been furious since Trump released a statement Monday night about the FBI’s search of his home. Many have paired the search at Mar-a-Lago with the Senate vote over the weekend that will allow the IRS to hire thousands of new inspectors — an attempt by the federal government to crack down on tax cheats — and have argues that both measures are signs of an encroaching police state.
“Wray, Biden, Kamala and Garland are using their offices for their own political weaponization against Republicans and our greatest president in the United States who did what he said when he was elected and returned power to the people “, wrote Cox.
The Maryland Democratic Party used Cox’s remarks to remind voters of the GOP nominee’s ties to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, chartering buses from Frederick County to bring Trump supporters to his rally in Washington, DC, that day and calling then-Vice President Mike Pence “a traitor” in a tweet. Cox takes on Democrat Wes Moore, author and former nonprofit CEO, in the general election.
“The people of Maryland want an accountable leader who focuses on issues that affect local families and communities, but Dan coxswain blindly puts loyalty to Donald Trump and his nefarious MAGA agenda above all else,” Maryland Democratic Party spokesman Ernest Bailey said. “coxswainThe main concern of is currying favor with a disgraced former president and making the rounds of the right-wing radio circuit. He has repeatedly shown that in times of crisis he will seek to inflame tensions and fuel partisan divisions. It does nothing to solve the problems facing working families and it is bad for Maryland.
Democrats in Washington, D.C., had little to say on Tuesday about apparent research, although some advocated the execution of justice regardless of a person’s political power. Massive research publicity rivaled the celebration of Democrats when President Biden in the White House signed into law major legislation aimed at improving semiconductor manufacturing.
An administration official said the White House had “not been notified of the reported action” and referred to the Justice Department for further information.
Trump’s GOP allies questioned the caution of the research, which the FBI and Justice Department had not confirmed as of Tuesday afternoon. Trump did not release a copy of a search warrant, although he reportedly received one when the search began.
“These are dark times for our nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently besieged, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump said Monday in his statement.
The Justice Department did not respond to a request for comment. But the news citing people familiar with the search said a federal judge would have authorized it in a warrant indicating probable cause that a crime had been committed, and that evidence would be found at the residence.
Hogan, a rare Republican critic of Trump, issued a statement on Tuesday expressing concern that the FBI raid could further divide the country.
“Even before yesterday’s events at Mar-a-Lago, America was already dangerously divided,” he said. “These are unprecedented circumstances that demand unprecedented transparency and accountability from our government institutions. The American people deserve to know all the facts as soon as possible, and I call on the Biden administration to release – at a minimum – the documents authorizing the FBI search.
“If the federal government cannot ultimately provide overwhelming evidence that action was absolutely necessary, it will only undermine faith in democracy and the rule of law, and further divide Americans.”
Calls for Garland’s impeachment
Trump and Republican officials aligned with him have speculated that the action was an act of political persecution aimed at Biden’s rival in the 2020 — and possibly 2024 — election, with some going so far as to demand that the Attorney General Merrick Garland be removed over this.
“Joe Biden’s FBI raid on the home of a former president who is also Biden’s chief political opponent is an unprecedented assault on democratic standards and the rule of law. Biden has dragged our republic into dangerous waters” , said US Senator Josh Hawley. tweeted.
“At a minimum, Garland must resign or be impeached,” the Missouri Republican added. “The search warrant must be published. [FBI Director Christopher] Wray should be removed. And the FBI has reformed from top to bottom.
Hawley tied himself closely to the former president’s debunked claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him and raised his fist in solidarity with pro-Trump protesters hours before they were to charge the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
But even U.S. Representative Peter Meijer, a Michigan Republican who voted to impeach the former president in 2021 and lost his primary last week to a Trump-backed challenger, has called for responses from the Justice Department.
“Last night’s execution of an FBI search warrant at Mar-a-Lago raises serious questions of propriety and politicization,” Meijer said in a tweet. “Allegations of criminal activity by current/former presidents require FBI and DOJ handling beyond reproach. Anything less is dangerous and wrong.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California promised to investigate the inquiry into whether Republicans take control of the chamber in the November election.
“The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of militarized politicization,” McCarthy said. “When the Republicans take over the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department…Attorney General Garland, save your paperwork and clean up your calendar.”
U.S. Senator Rick Scott, a former governor of Florida who leads the Republicans’ campaign arm of the Senate, also called for a rigorous investigation and possible impeachment of Garland.
While Garland and Wray didn’t make public statements explaining the raid on Tuesday, they “no longer deserve to stay in the job,” he said in a statement.
“When Republicans regain a majority in the Senate, there will be a thorough and aggressive investigation,” he said. “Everything must be on the table for AG Garland, including impeachment.”
Pence noted that the search was the first of a former president in US history that fueled concerns about the political motives of the FBI.
“The Justice Department’s appearance of continued partisanship needs to be addressed,” Pence said. tweeted Tuesday. “Yesterday’s action undermines public confidence in our justice system and Attorney General Garland must account to the American people for why this action was taken and he must do so immediately.”
Trump is being investigated by a Georgian grand jury for his possible role in trying to void the election. The House committee investigating Jan. 6 also focused its probe on Trump’s conduct, and the panel is reportedly considering a criminal referral to the Justice Department.
But there is no indication that Monday’s search was part of investigations into Trump’s electoral conduct.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speculated it had to do with records from when Trump was in office. The Archivist of America reported in a February 2022 letter that Trump kept 15 boxes of presidential records — including classified documents — at his Palm Beach residence.
Pelosi, a California Democrat, said in an interview with the “Today Show” Tuesday morning that she had no prior knowledge of the research and would reserve judgment until DOJ officials say more.
“I’m sure that information will come to light and when it does, we’ll find out what they were looking for,” she told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.
“It seems to have something to do with presidential documents, but I’m really not in a position to comment on that because all I know is what’s in the public domain.”
Trump should face the same criminal investigation as any other citizen, Pelosi added, and his former office should not grant him immunity from prosecution.
“We believe in the rule of law,” she said. “No one is above the law.”